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Musashino, Tokyo

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Country  Japan
Prefecture  Tokyo
Area  10.98 km²
Region  Kantō
Phone number  0422-51-5131
Population  138,734 (2010)
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Time zone  Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Address  2-2-28 Midori-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8777
Weather  14°C, Wind NW at 21 km/h, 52% Humidity
Colleges and Universities  Seikei University, Asia University, Nippon Veterinary and Life

Musashino (武蔵野市, Musashino-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 143,868 and a population density of 13,090 persons per km². Its total area was 10.98 square kilometres (4.24 sq mi).


Map of Musashino, Tokyo, Japan


Musashino is located in the Musashino Terrace of central Tokyo Metropolis, bordered by the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo.

Musashino is composed of the following neighborhoods: Kichijoji Kitamachi, Kichijoji Higashicho, Kichijoji Honcho, Kichijoji Minamicho, Kyonancho, Gotenyama, Sakai, Sakurazutumi, Sekimae, Nakacho, Nishikubo, Midoricho, and Yahatacho. Kichijōji includes the source of the Kanda River.

Surrounding municipalities

  • Tokyo Metropolis
  • Suginami-ku
  • Nerima-ku
  • Mitaka
  • Koganei
  • Nishitōkyō
  • History

    The area of present-day Musashino was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Musashino was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. Kitatama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Musashino was elevated to town status in 1928.Nakajima Aircraft Company has an aircraft engine plant in Musashino, which became a target for American bombers in World War II. Musashino was elevated to city status on November 3, 1947.


    Musashino is largely a bedroom community for central Tokyo.

    The anime and manga company Coamix has its headquarters in the Kichijōji neighborhood of Musashino. At one time Studio Ghibli was located in Kichijōji. Several other animation studios are located in Musashino, including J.C.Staff, Artland, Studio Ponoc, Production I.G, Bee Train, and Tatsunoko Production.

    The electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa Electric has its headquarters in Nakacho, Musashino. Tokyo Musashino City FC, a football (soccer) club, is also located there.

    Universities and colleges

  • Asia University
  • Seikei University
  • Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
  • Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing
  • Primary and secondary schools

  • Musashino has 12 public elementary schools and six public middle schools operated by the Musashino city government. There are also three private elementary schools, two private middle schools and two private combined middle/high schools.
  • The city also has two public high schools operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
  • International schools

  • Little Angels International School, a private international school, previously had a campus in Kichijōji, Musashino.
  • Railways

  • JR East - Chūō Line (Rapid)
  • Kichijōji - < Mitaka > - Musashi-Sakai
  • Keio Corporation - Keio Inokashira Line
  • Kichijōji
  • Seibu Railway - Seibu Tamagawa Line
  • Musashi-Sakai
  • Highways

  • Musashino is not served by any national highways or expressways
  • Local attractions

  • Inokashira Park
  • Musashino Central Park
  • Musashino Municipal Athletic Stadium
  • Musashino Sports Complex
  • Sister cities

  •  USA - Lubbock, Texas, USA, from 1983
  •  Korea - Chungju, Korea
  •  Korea - Gangdong District, Seoul, Korea
  •  Romania - Brașov, Romania
  •  Russia - Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Satoshi Kon's anime series Paranoia Agent and Oyuki Konno's shōjo novel series Maria-sama ga Miteru take place in Musashino.
  • Shōhei Ōoka's 1951 novel A Wife in Musashino (Musashino Fujin) is a drama in which a moral and stoic woman, trapped in a loveless marriage with a selfish and morally decadent man, becomes implicated against her will in what looks like an affair with her younger cousin. The story ends tragically as she is let down by him as well as by her husband. Kenji Mizoguchi made the story into a film in 1951, starring Kinuyo Tanaka and Masayuki Mori.
  • Innocent Grey's 2007 visual novel Kara no Shoujo features many scenes set in Musashino in 1956. Inokashira Park in particular serves as a pivotal setting for much of the story.
  • In the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, Musashino is the "former capital of the East" in a post-Apocalyptic Japan in which the ocean level continually rises, implying Tokyo itself had been submerged many years before it.
  • References

    Musashino, Tokyo Wikipedia